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Apr 9, 2018

Jimmy Morales Wants More than Half of the Jewel…

Jimmy Morales

Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales has hit the road in the last lap of his country’s campaign for the I.C.J. before the April fifteenth referendum. On Sunday, he was in Petén, one of two Guatemalan provinces that directly border Belize. Morales had a message for Belizeans: in one breath, he said that Belize has a neighbor who loves them and respects them, and wants to improve the overall relationship between both countries. But in the other breath, the president says they are fighting for what they believe is theirs.  In his statement on Sunday, Morales told his audience that they want to reclaim twelve square kilometers of Belize, which is more than half of the country. Here is how he explained it to an official event in Santa Elena, Peten, courtesy the Facebook page of the Government of Guatemala.

 

Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala [Translated]

“I will be clear: we do not have any problems with Belize. We have excellent relations with our neighbor, Belize. You have heard the Foreign Minister say that currently we have thirteen treaties. We have excellent relations. We are not fighting with Belize. What we have is a claim for a territorial differendum. There are no borders between Belize and Guatemala, like the way we have with El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. What we have is an adjacency zone without any definite limits. We need to consult [on] all of this at the International Court of Justice. And on April fifteenth, we need Guatemala to take that step forward.”

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2 Responses for “Jimmy Morales Wants More than Half of the Jewel…”

  1. asdkjer says:

    DEJA DE SER TAN ESTUPIDO, PAYASO JIMMY !!!
    ATIENDE TUS PROBLEMAS INTERNOS DE TU PAIS, Y DEJA A BELICE EN PAZ , SONSO.
    MEJOR QUE VIVAS CON EL HECHO QUE BELIZE ES UNA NATION INDEPENDIENTE Y NO VIVAS AMARGADO , NO ENGANIES A TU GENTE, CUENTALES UNA NOVELA Y UN CHISTE, MEJOR TE RESULTA !!!
    APRIENDE HABLAR EL ENGLES Y VE A GRAN BRITANIA A VER DE TUS HALLUCINACIONES.

  2. Mr. Mellow says:

    Thanks, Minister Elrington, your “artificial border” comment has come back to bite us. Now even the Guatemalan president is trumpeting it that there is no border between Belize and Guatemala.

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